2016 Coaching Staff
Canham, 31, is entering his first season as a member of the Seattle Mariners minor league coaching staff, A native of Richland, Washington, Canham starred as a catcher at Oregon State University, where he won back to back NCAA Division I national championships in 2006 and 2007. He parlayed his collegiate success into a selection by the San Diego Padres in 2007 MLB draft. Canham played in the minor leagues from 2007 until 2014, reaching the AAA level playing for the Padres, Athletics, Cardinals, Royals, and Nationals.
Canham is the founder and CEO of BASE By Pros LLC, an organization that provides personalized baseball instruction and mentorship to kids across the country. Canham is married with two children.
|Rich Dorman||Pitching Coach|
Rich Dorman begins his second stint as the LumberKings pitching coach. Dorman, 37, was previously Clinton's pitching coach for the 2011 season under manager Eddie Menchaca. The Medford, OR native begins his eighth season in the Mariners organization, having spent the last two seasons as the pitching coach for the AZL Mariners. Dorman also served two separate two year stints as the pitching coach for the Everett AquaSox (2009-10, 2012-13).
Dorman was drafted in the 13th round of the 2000 June draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays out of Western Baptist College. Dorman spent nine seasons pitching in the minor leagues, six of them with the Mariners. In the offseason, Dorman and his wife Cathy reside in Surprise, AZ with their children Alexa Anne and Blake William.
|Cesar Nicolas||Hitting Coach|
Cesar Nicolas begins his first season as the hitting coach with the LumberKings, as well as his first season as a coach in the Mariners organization. He spent seven seasons playing the in the minor leagues, most recently with Acereros del Norte of the Mexican League. Nicolas, who was born in Queens, NY, was a fifth round draft pick out of Vanderbilt in 2004 by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He made his professional debut in 2005 playing for the South Bend SilverHawks. During that season he tore up the Midwest League, bashing 21 home runs, driving in 70, while hitting .302 with a .428 on base percentage. He spent his last two seasons of professional baseball with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League.
|Shane Zdebiak||Athletic Trainer|
Shane Zdebiak begins his first season as the LumberKings trainer in 2016, his third in the Mariners organization. The Manitoba, Canada native spent each of the past two seasons as the trainer for the Everett AquaSox, the Mariners' Northwest League Affiliate. Prior to joining the Seattle system, Zdebiak worked with the Steinbach Pistons of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for two seasons.
Zdebiak spent the 2012 and 2013 spring training seasons interning with the Atlanta Braves, and spent the 2010-2013 seasons working with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association. Zdebiak graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in Kinesiology, concentrating in athletic therapy. He was certified as an athletic therapist by the Canadian Athletic Therapists' Association in 2009, and was certified as an athletic trainer in 2013 through the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification.
|Paul Howey||Performance Specialist|
Paul Howey returns to the LumberKings for his second straight season as the club's performance specialist. The 2015 season marked his first in the Mariners organization, having previously been a high school physical education teacher. Howey, 35, also coached baseball at McMurry University and Abilene Christian University, his alma mater.
While at Abilene Christian, he played baseball and received his degree in exercise science. A Missouri native, Howey and his wife Liz reside in Searcy, AR during the offseason.